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Congratulations! You have found a job that you know you would be great at, you have a great resume and cover letter, AND you have been invited to an interview!
The most important part of the job search is next: the Interview. In preparation for your interview and the questions that may be asked, try to learn as much as you can about the different aspects of the job. Seek to learn both about the company/organization and the position that you are interviewing for. Try to glean from the posting information about the potential challenging issues or situations that you may encounter on the job. If you know someone who works for the company, be sure to ask them for insider information about what is needed in this position. In addition to being more knowledgeable, you will be able to present yourself as truly interested and invested in the position. And this may be just what you need to stand out from other applicants!
One of the best ways to prepare for the interview is to anticipate the questions that the interviewer will be asking. You can utilize the information that you have gathered about the company to guide your answers to their questions.
Keep in mind that the interviewer is looking for how your answers will tell them about your knowledge, skills and abilities related to this job. While you might answer any question in a number of ways, target your answers to address the needs of the company, or the requirements of the specific position. Here are a few of the most frequently asked interview questions:
What interests you in this job? Be honest and enthusiastic.
What are your greatest weaknesses? Reveal a characteristic that you have identified for yourself, and also talk about ways in which you successfully are addressing this weakness. If a weakness makes you unable to carry out the requirements of the position with accommodations, be honest with yourself and the employer.
What is your greatest strength? Be sure to emphasize traits that will make a difference in this position.
Tell me about a challenging situation that you have addressed? Make sure it is work related
Click on this link Interview Questions for one author’s list of 10 top interview questions, and some suggestions for ways to answer these questions. Be sure to practice answering these questions by writing down your answers and speaking the answers out loud. Be confident in what you have learned and what you know. Best of luck!
Feel free to share some of the additional questions that you have been asked during interviews, so that we can all be more prepared during our next interview!
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